History Film / SupermanIVTheQuestForPeace

16th Feb '17 7:36:14 AM SteveMB
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* ArtisticLicenseGeography: Superman and Nuclear Man battle from Metropolis to China to Italy within a short period, with all three locations in daylight.
16th Feb '17 6:53:09 AM SteveMB
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* CaliforniaDoubling: Present in all the movies, but particularly prevalent here. Most of ''Superman IV'' was filmed in England, and it shows. For example, the UsefulNotes/UnitedNations Headquarters scene was shot at the Milton Keynes Central Railway Station. (According to Creator/ChristopherReeve, they were originally intending to shoot the scene at the ''actual'' UN building in New York, but due to budget constraints, they ended up filming it in Milton Keynes.)
4th Feb '17 11:16:33 AM Peridonyx
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* RealityWarping: Superman's "Rebuild the Great Wall of China" Vision.
17th Jan '17 4:31:12 PM MCanter89
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1987's '''''Superman IV: The Quest for Peace''''' is the last official installment of the Superman movie series which started in 1978 with ''Film/SupermanTheMovie''. Released four years after the poorly received (but reasonably profitable) ''Film/SupermanIII'', this film was an unmitigated flop, both critically and financially.

The film's plot revolved around an {{Anvilicious}} anti-nuclear weapons message and a risible villain named "Nuclear Man" (no relation to Creator/DCComics hero "Firestorm, the Nuclear Man"). When a young boy asks Superman to rid the world of said weapons, he finds making the decision a challenge but ultimately agrees to do so, and the world's governments approve. Unfortunately, Lex Luthor has escaped from prison with the help of his [[BumblingSidekick teen nephew Lenny]]. Lex becomes a black market arms dealer ''and'' takes advantage of Superman's disposal of weapons to create the hero's EvilKnockoff, Nuclear Man. Meanwhile at ''The Daily Planet'', a media tycoon buys out the paper and turns it into little more than a tabloid, while his daughter Lacy Warfield takes an interest in Clark Kent.

''Superman IV'' was plagued by a severely reduced budget compared to previous films in the franchise (courtesy of Creator/TheCannonGroup, which bought the franchise after the Salkinds sold it due to the poor reception of ''Superman III''), and it shows in copious amounts of SpecialEffectFailure throughout. The returns of Gene Hackman and Margot Kidder to the cast did nothing to save this movie. It's also notable as the shortest film in the series at barely an hour-and-a-half. Its running time was cut by the producers for its theatrical release, and while its DVD cut doesn't make it much ''better'' by most accounts, it's at least marginally more ''coherent.'' One extended action sequence cut from the theatrical release features the "prototype" of Nuclear Man, who closely resembles Creator/DCComics' Bizarro character.

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1987's '''''Superman IV: The Quest for Peace''''' is the last official installment of the Superman ''Superman'' movie series which started in 1978 with ''Film/SupermanTheMovie''. Released four years after the poorly received (but reasonably profitable) ''Film/SupermanIII'', this film was an unmitigated flop, both critically and financially.

The film's plot revolved around an {{Anvilicious}} anti-nuclear anti–nuclear weapons message and a risible villain named "Nuclear Man" (no relation to Creator/DCComics hero "Firestorm, the Nuclear Man"). When a young boy asks Superman to rid the world of said weapons, he finds making the decision a challenge but ultimately agrees to do so, and the world's governments approve. Unfortunately, Lex Luthor has escaped from prison with the help of his [[BumblingSidekick teen nephew Lenny]]. Lex becomes a black market black-market arms dealer ''and'' takes advantage of Superman's disposal of weapons to create the hero's EvilKnockoff, Nuclear Man. Meanwhile at ''The Daily Planet'', a media tycoon buys out the paper and turns it into little more than a tabloid, while his daughter daughter, Lacy Warfield Warfield, takes an interest in Clark Kent.

''Superman IV'' was plagued by a severely reduced budget compared to previous films in the franchise (courtesy of Creator/TheCannonGroup, which bought the franchise after the Salkinds sold it due to the poor reception of ''Superman III''), and it shows in copious amounts of SpecialEffectFailure throughout. The returns of Gene Hackman and Margot Kidder to the cast did nothing to save this movie. It's also notable as the shortest film in the series at barely an hour-and-a-half. hour and a half. Its running time was cut by the producers for its theatrical release, and while its DVD cut doesn't make it much ''better'' by most accounts, it's at least marginally more ''coherent.'' ''coherent''. One extended action sequence cut from the theatrical release features the "prototype" of Nuclear Man, who closely resembles Creator/DCComics' Bizarro character.






* BrainsAndBrawn: Lex Luthor and Nuclear Man. (Lex sees it as analagous to [[GretzkyHasTheBall an American football coach and "the best power forward ever"]].)

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* BrainsAndBrawn: Lex Luthor and Nuclear Man. (Lex sees it as analagous analogous to [[GretzkyHasTheBall an American football coach and "the best power forward ever"]].)



* CryingLittleKid: A deleted scene has Nuclear Man create a tornado, only for a girl to get caught up in it, leaving Superman to rescue her. It's much, much, ''much'' more {{Narm}}y than it sounds. (The crying girl in question was apparently played by Christopher Reeve's daughter-- and by a [[SpecialEffectFailure wholly unconvincing dummy]].)

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* CryingLittleKid: A deleted scene has Nuclear Man create a tornado, only for a girl to get caught up in it, leaving Superman to rescue her. It's much, much, ''much'' more {{Narm}}y {{narm}}y than it sounds. (The crying girl in question was apparently played by Christopher Reeve's daughter-- and daughter--and by a [[SpecialEffectFailure wholly unconvincing dummy]].)



* {{Irony}}: Nuclear Man is solar powered. Yep, the guy whose very existence represents the horrors of nuclear war and the supposed dangers of nuclear energy is also the most eco-friendly supervillian ever created. Then again, "nobody's perfect".
** Also, there's the fact that Superman ''himself'' is solar powered. Admittedly, before this time his powers were mostly ascribed to being a HeavyWorlder. It was right around this time that John Byrne rebooted the character in the ''[[Comicbook/TheManOfSteel Man of Steel]]'' miniseries, and Superman's cells absorbing solar radiation to fuel his abilities became the primary explanation for how his powers worked (and unlike Nuclear Man, Supes can actually hold a charge).

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* {{Irony}}: Nuclear Man is solar powered. solar-powered. Yep, the guy whose very existence represents the horrors of nuclear war and the supposed dangers of nuclear energy is also the most eco-friendly supervillian supervillain ever created. Then again, "nobody's perfect".
** Also, there's the fact that Superman ''himself'' is solar powered.solar-powered. Admittedly, before this time his powers were mostly ascribed to being a HeavyWorlder. It was right around this time that John Byrne rebooted the character in the ''[[Comicbook/TheManOfSteel Man of Steel]]'' miniseries, and Superman's cells absorbing solar radiation to fuel his abilities became the primary explanation for how his powers worked (and unlike Nuclear Man, Supes can actually hold a charge).



* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: One subplot is about the Daily Planet being taken over by a UsefulNotes/RupertMurdoch stand-in. Likewise, Jeremy is a GenderFlip stand-in for [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samantha_Smith Samantha Smith]]

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* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: One subplot is about the Daily Planet being taken over by a UsefulNotes/RupertMurdoch stand-in. Likewise, Jeremy is a GenderFlip stand-in for [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samantha_Smith Samantha Smith]]Smith]].



** Like much of ''Superman IV'', it's a CallBack to ''[[Film/{{Superman}} Superman: The Movie]]'', when Supes urges Lois that flying is still the safest way to travel. Again, there's a lack of fine touch, so instead of seeming like a boy scout, he seems like an idiot.

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** Like much of ''Superman IV'', it's a CallBack to ''[[Film/{{Superman}} Superman: The Movie]]'', ''Film/SupermanTheMovie'', when Supes urges Lois that flying is still the safest way to travel. Again, there's a lack of fine touch, so instead of seeming like a boy scout, he seems like an idiot.



20th Nov '16 6:07:57 PM 64SuperNintendo
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* ArtisticLicenseGeology: a scene has Nuclear Man causing Mount Vesuvius to erupt, and Superman stopping the eruption by plugging the mouth of the volcano with a hunk of rock cut off from a nearby mountain. Doing so in reality would momentarily stop the eruption, but high-temperature gases would keep building up inside the magma chamber, increasing the pressure so much that the entire volcano would explode, [[NiceJobBreakingItHero causing way more damage than a natural eruption]].

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* ArtisticLicenseGeology: a A scene has Nuclear Man causing Mount Vesuvius to erupt, and Superman stopping the eruption by plugging the mouth of the volcano with a hunk of rock cut off from a nearby mountain. Doing so in reality would momentarily stop the eruption, but high-temperature gases would keep building up inside the magma chamber, increasing the pressure so much that the entire volcano would explode, [[NiceJobBreakingItHero causing way more damage than a natural eruption]].
22nd Aug '16 6:33:21 PM glickmam
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''Superman IV'' was plagued by a severely reduced budget compared to previous films in the franchise (courtesy of Creator/TheCannonGroup, which bought the franchise from the Salkinds), and it shows in copious amounts of SpecialEffectFailure throughout. The returns of Gene Hackman and Margot Kidder to the cast did nothing to save this movie. It's also notable as the shortest film in the series at barely an hour-and-a-half. Its running time was cut by the producers for its theatrical release, and while its DVD cut doesn't make it much ''better'' by most accounts, it's at least marginally more ''coherent.'' One extended action sequence cut from the theatrical release features the "prototype" of Nuclear Man, who closely resembles Creator/DCComics' Bizarro character.

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''Superman IV'' was plagued by a severely reduced budget compared to previous films in the franchise (courtesy of Creator/TheCannonGroup, which bought the franchise from after the Salkinds), Salkinds sold it due to the poor reception of ''Superman III''), and it shows in copious amounts of SpecialEffectFailure throughout. The returns of Gene Hackman and Margot Kidder to the cast did nothing to save this movie. It's also notable as the shortest film in the series at barely an hour-and-a-half. Its running time was cut by the producers for its theatrical release, and while its DVD cut doesn't make it much ''better'' by most accounts, it's at least marginally more ''coherent.'' One extended action sequence cut from the theatrical release features the "prototype" of Nuclear Man, who closely resembles Creator/DCComics' Bizarro character.
7th Aug '16 3:50:31 AM Mario500
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** Lacy is similar to Cat Grant. Both are romantically interested in Clark, though in Lacy's case she does it to prove to Lois that "all men are attracted to [her], because she's rich".

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** Lacy is similar to Cat Grant. Both are romantically interested in Clark, though in Lacy's case she does it to prove to Lois that "all men are attracted to [her], [her]" because she's "very, very rich".
30th May '16 7:23:30 AM case
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* ObviouslyEvil: Lex's circle of greedy corporate co-conspirators, especially the one that [[EvilIsNotWellLit complains about daylight]] with no apparent medical reason.
29th Dec '15 2:49:00 PM Anddrix
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* HurlItIntoTheSun: Superman rounds up all the nuclear weapons on Earth and throws them into the sun. Unfortunately, SelfDemonstrating/LexLuthor attaches a genetic matrix created from Superman's hair to the final nuclear missile. And when Superman throws it into the sun, the result is the creation of Nuclear Man, who Superman then has to fight.

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* HurlItIntoTheSun: Superman rounds up all the nuclear weapons on Earth and throws them into the sun. Unfortunately, SelfDemonstrating/LexLuthor ComicBook/LexLuthor attaches a genetic matrix created from Superman's hair to the final nuclear missile. And when Superman throws it into the sun, the result is the creation of Nuclear Man, who Superman then has to fight.
21st Nov '15 10:43:32 AM nombretomado
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* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: One subplot is about the Daily Planet being taken over by a RupertMurdoch stand-in. Likewise, Jeremy is a GenderFlip stand-in for [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samantha_Smith Samantha Smith]]

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* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: One subplot is about the Daily Planet being taken over by a RupertMurdoch UsefulNotes/RupertMurdoch stand-in. Likewise, Jeremy is a GenderFlip stand-in for [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samantha_Smith Samantha Smith]]
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